North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

2022 Eurovision Song Contest participation

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country North Macedonia
National selection
Selection processZa Evrosong 2022
Selection date(s)4 February 2022
Selected entrantAndrea
Selected song"Circles"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Aleksandar Masevski
  • Andrea Koevska
North Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

North Macedonia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the song "Circles", written by Aleksandar Masevski and Andrea Koevska. The song will be performed by Andrea, who was selected via the national final Za Evrosong 2022 organised by the Macedonian national broadcaster Macedonian Radio Television (MRT). The competition featured six entries and took place between 28 January 2022 and 4 February 2022, with the winner determined via a combination of public voting and international jury voting in a live show on 4 February 2022.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, North Macedonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty times since its first entry in 1998.[1] The nation's best result in the contest to this point was seventh, which it achieved in 2019 with the song "Proud" performed by Tamara Todevska. Following the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the contest in 2004, North Macedonia has featured in only six finals. In 2021, North Macedonia was represented by Vasil with the song "Here I Stand", which failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 15th place in the first semi-final with 23 points.

The Macedonian national broadcaster, Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), broadcasts the event within North Macedonia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. North Macedonia has previously selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest through both national finals and internal selections. MRT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 20 October 2021.[2] For 2015, North Macedonia selected their entry using the national final Skopje Fest. Between 2016 and 2021, the broadcaster internally selected North Macedonia's entries, resulting in a single qualification to the final during this period, in 2019. The broadcaster returned to using a national final to select the Macedonian entry for 2022.[3]

Before Eurovision

Za Evrosong 2022

Za Evrosong 2022 was the national final developed by MRT in order to select Macedonia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition commenced on 28 January 2022 and the winner was announced in a live final on 4 February 2022.[4] Six acts competed, and the voting results were revealed in a live televised show on 4 February 2022 held at MRT's Studio 1 in Skopje and hosted by 2017 Macedonian entrant Jana Burčeska and co-head of delegation for North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest Aleksandra Jovanovska. The winner was selected through a professional international jury panel and a public televote. The show was broadcast on MRT 1 as well as streamed online via the MRT's satellite broadcast.[5][6][7]

Competing entries

A submission period was opened for interested artists and composers to submit their entries between 10 December 2021 and 16 January 2022. MRT received 47 submissions at the closing of the deadline. Six entries were selected by a special jury from the submissions and were announced on 21 January 2022.[4][8] The jury consisted of Meri Popova (MRT 1 editor and Macedonian Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest), Zoran Mirčevski (MR 2 editor-in-chief), Biljana Nikolovska (MR 1 music editor), Aleksandra Jovanovska (MR 2 journalist), Jana Burčeska (journalist at MRT 3), Maja Trpčanovska (MRT 1 journalist) and Ardita Imeri (MRT 2 journalist).[9] The competing entries were released to the public on 28 January 2022.

Final

The six competing artists and songs were presented to the public on 28 January 2022 during the MRT programme Stisni Plej. The public was able to vote online for their favorite entry until 4 February 2022. A 50/50 combination of the online vote and an international jury panel. A monetary prize of €2,000 was also awarded to the winner. In addition to the competing entries, 2019 North Macedonian entrant Tamara Todevska and 2021 North Macedonian entrants in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Dajte Muzika made guest appearances.[10][11]

The international jury panel consisted of Gordon Bonello (Maltese TV producer and journalist), Tali Eshkoli (music critique and head of delegation for Israel), Natia Mshvenieradze (TV producer and head of delegation for Georgia), Felix Bergsson (writer, actor and head of delegation for Iceland) and David Tserunyan (TV producer and head of delegation for Armenia). Each juror ranked the competing entries from 1–6 based on their personal preference. These rankings were then converted into points that contributed to half of the final result.[12]

Artist Song Songwriter(s) Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
Andrea "Circles" Aleksandar Masevski [mk], Andrea Koevska 10 12 4,300 8 20 1
Kaly "Love and Light" Davor Jordanovski, Vesna Malinova 22 6 7,539 10 16 3
Lara Ivanova "Flower of Sorrow" Robert Bilbilov [mk], Robin Zimbakov 12 10 1,186 5 15 4
Ris Flower "Flying to Berlin" Boris Cvetanovski 24 5 1,367 6 11 6
Viktor Apostolovski "Superman" Vladimir Dojcinovski, Viktor Apostolovski [mk] 16 8 12,621 12 20 2
Yon Idy "Dreams" Jon Ajdini 21 7 3,743 7 14 5
Detailed international jury votes
Song
MLT

ISR

GEO

ISL

ARM
Total Points
"Circles" 1 5 1 2 1 10 12
"Love and Light" 4 3 6 4 5 22 6
"Flower of Sorrow" 2 2 5 1 2 12 10
"Flying to Berlin" 6 4 3 5 6 24 5
"Superman" 3 1 2 6 4 16 8
"Dreams” 5 6 4 3 3 21 7

Preparation and promotion

On 5 February 2022, MRT announced that "Circles" would undergo a production revamp prior to the contest in May as a part of a €2,000 budget allocated by the broadcaster to improve the nation's entry prior to the contest and for contributions to staging at the contest.[13] The revamp was revealed in the first live performance of the song in Romania's national selection on 5 March 2022, with the official music video premiered on the Eurovision YouTube channel on 10 March 2022.[14][15]

Prior to the contest, it was revealed that Andrea would perform in both Montenegro's song presentation show Montenegro, dodici punti on 4 March 2022 and in the final of Romania's national selection on 5 March 2022.[16][17] Andrea also performed at the London Eurovision Party, which wase held at the Hard Rock Hotel venue on 3 April 2022 in London, United Kingdom and hosted by SuRie and Paddy O'Connell, and also at the Menora Arena in Tel Aviv for the Israeli pre-party on 7 April 2022.[18][19] She then travelled to Madrid for PrePartyES, which was held on 16 April 2022.[20]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. North Macedonia has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[21]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. North Macedonia was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Ireland and before the entry from Estonia.[22]

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